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  • Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Brooklyn Youth Is State Oratorical Champion

    ALBANY — Jared Rios, a junior at St. Edmund Preparatory High School in Brooklyn, New York, is The American Legion New York State oratorical champion for 2017, Oratorical Chairman Anthony Paternostro announced.  [ Oratorical Photo Album by Frank Carletta ]

    Department Commander John B. Sampson and Oratorical Champion Jared Rios.  Photo by Frank Carletta

    Jared competed against four other finalists from a cross section of the state in the 80th Annual American Legion Department of New York Oratorical Contest.

    Jared won a $6,000 scholarship and will represent New York in the National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, IN in April.

    He was sponsored by the Floyd Bennett Post 1060 (Kings County, 2nd District). The “Constitutional Speech Contest” took place March 11 at Sand Creek Middle School in Colonie, New York.

    The other finalists:

    — Kyra Gee, a junior at Granville Jr/Sr High School in Granville, New York, won a $4,000 scholarship. Kyra was sponsored by the Granville Post 323 of Washington County, 4th District.

    Melissa Barnosky, a sophomore at Charles D’Amico High School in Orleans, won a $2,500 scholarship. Melissa was sponsored by the Sheret Post 35 of Orleans County, 8th District.

     Garrett Wardell, a junior at Alexandria Central School, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Garrett was sponsored by the John B. Lyman Post 904, of Jefferson County, 5th District.

    — Anusha Nambiar, a junior at John Jay High School, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Anusha was sponsored by the Kevin Hathorn Post 1758 of Dutchess County, 9th District.